Thomas Library

Selected Resources for Dr. McWhorter's WittSem:
Society and the Human Embryo

Fall 2011

Books | Indexes | Periodicals | Web Sites | Help


LC subject headings | Library Catalogs | Reference Books

Library of Congress Subject Headings.

31st ed., 5 vols., 2009.
Kept on the long table by the main bank of EZRA/Web terminals.

Locating Books in Library Catalogs

At Wittenberg: EZRA
At other Ohio academic Libraries: OhioLINK
In North America For ILL: WorldCat

Reference Books

Below is a select list of reference books that may be helpful to you in this course.

The New Encyclopedia Britannica (32 volumes)
Reference AE 5 .E363 2002
The Encyclopedia Britannica is one of the most famous reference books on the planet. While you don't want to base your entire paper on it, it is a good starting point.

McGraw-Hill encyclopedia of Science & Technology (20 volumes)
Reference Q121 .M3 1997 (8th edition)
This encyclopedia gives a good overview of a topic in a few pages. Probably a good starting point for many topics

McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology Online
AccessScience@McGraw-Hill: The Online Encyclopedia of Science and Technology

Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia (3 volumes)
Reference Q121 .V3 2008
Van Nostrand's is another good general science encyclopedia.

A Dictionary of Chemistry
Reference QD5 .D4985 2004
Also available online

A Dictionary of Biology
Reference QH302.5 .D54 2008
2004 edition available online

Encyclopedic Dictionary of Genetics, Genomics, and Proteomics
Reference QH427 .R43 2003
Good reference for genetics terms.


Academic Search Complete
Academic Search Complete is a multi-subject database containing both scholarly and popular publications. Some material is available in full-text. It will be s a good starting place for all the papers for this course.

Lexis-Nexis Academic
Contains the fulltext of many national and international newspapers since 1980. Click on the link and then click on the news tab near the top left of the screen.

Wilson Index
The Wilson Index is made up of the Humanities, Sciences and Social Science indexes. It is a good place to find scholarly articles on a variety of topics.

A full list of all of the indexes available at Wittenberg can be found at:


Periodicals are where most of the information for your research papers will come. Remember that there are scholarly publications as well as popular publications. As you progress in your college career, you will move from using popular resources to relying more and more on scholarly sources. For hints on how to tell the two apart, please see Scholarly vs. Popular Articles.

Wittenberg owns many scientific journals in both print and electronic formats. The links below will help you to find out what journals we own, the format, and where they are located.

Journals the Library Has
This is a searchable index of the periodicals Wittenberg owns in electronic and print formats. Location and dates owned are also provided.

If you need an article from a journal that is not owned by Wittenberg, you may request a copy of it from another library using Interlibrary Loan.


When using the internet, always be thinking critically about what you are viewing. Good and bad information both reside on the internet and it isn't always easy to tell the two apart. For hints on spotting good web pages, please see the library's page on Evaluating Web Sites.

New York Times
Covers the New York Times from 1981 to present.
USA Today

If you choose to use internet sites as information resources, you must cite them just as you must cite a book or journal article. For help citing webpages and other online resources, take a look at Citing Electronic Resources.


If you are having trouble with your research, please contact: Alisa Mizikar, Science Librarian, or x7515 or the Reference Desk,, x7511

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